Dear friends, followers and supporters alike! When working at this years Whiskyexpo in Linköping a while ago, Tommy and Peter of Svenska Eldvatten (Swedish Firewater) grabbed a hold of me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing one of their future releases, a single cask Highland Park from The Creative Whisky Company in their series The Exclusive Malts. Well, of course I was, and so I was given a sample.
The cask number is 751, it's a refill (bourbon) hogshead that gave 235 bottles. It was distilled in October 2003 and bottled in 2017, and so the age of the whisky is 14 years old. Svenska Elvatten has managed to bring 55 bottles to the swedish market and you can view and order the product here, starting tomorrow.
Ok, let's see what we have here!
In the very top layer the focus is on mint-something-something (sort of green-ish), not to mention banana-jellycandy. Below that I find some very delicate oranges in combination with milk chocolate, in fact, there is very much going on in the orange-peel-department here people! Even some overripe pears are intruding, trying to get my attention. And of course, below that layer we have some kind of a ”creamy peat” going on, actually very interesting that it’s more cream than peat though. The peat appears to be sort of dry, in fact, almost all elements of the stuff and different scents happening on the nose is dry. Nosing again, the peat has become more evident; but it’s not quite the usual heather honey, rather we are talking an excotic peat, drawing towards summer-y flowers and, yes, cream. Ok, let’s have a taste
Wow, that was definitely unexpected! So much peat, very tightly connected with sea-salt (kind of, not coastal, but still). Very quickly the peat evolves and gets bigger and bigger. At this point the peat kind of resembles an ashy peat, in a style reminding me of Connemara/peated Cooley, which has never happened to me before with HP. The peat starts to evolve towards bicycle tube (rubber) but then quickly makes a turn and becomes, what can best be described as, very dry almond paste. Everything gets more and more earthy now, and here we actually have the heather honey! In fact, burnt heather honey, fascinating… When the dryness goes to sleep, slowly the milk chocolate says hi and everything clings off with a soft vanilla fudge that waters my mouth. Wow, that was some journey indeed!
To sum up:
If you like very peaty and very salty HP, you should really try this one folks!
Big thanks to Peter and Tommy for the opportunity to review this release and for the opportunity to be able to review it before the launch! Please make sure to follow my FB-page by clicking here, my instagram by clicking here and my twitter-page by clicking here. Copyright © and All Rights Reserved on all tasting notes and text by SamuelWhisky and pictures likewise belong to SamuelWhisky, unless stated. If you would like to use any such material that belongs to SamuelWhisky or associated with SamuelWhisky, please ask by sending me an email to samuelkarlssonorebro [at] gmail dot com and by stating the source
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